Thursday, September 11, 2008

Post #300: Old Veteran

Patriot's Day, 2008. Seven years after those tragic, terrible acts of terrorism. Remember that there is a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EST.

Today, a remnant of those events survives to rise and serve America once again.

The assault ship USS New York has a reinforced bow made from nearly 8 tons of scrap metal salvaged from the World Trade Center. It's the fifth in a new class of warship that is designed specifically for missions against terrorists. Other ships still to follow are the Arlington (where the Pentagon is located) and the Somerset. (Named for Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed.)

Though the New York won't be commissioned (put into active service) until next year, she was christened earlier this year, in March. Check out the Media Gallery pages. And thanks to list member Carol K. for giving me the heads up on this.


When I worked as a medical intern in a local hospital, one of my patients was an elderly man with a thick accent. It took me some time to understand that he had no insurance coverage.

One thing he had made clear was that he was a World War II veteran, so I had him transported to the Veteran's Administration hospital, where he'd be eligible for benefits.

The next day my patient was back, with a note from the VA: "Right war, wrong side."

[my thanks to Reader's Digest]


WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good." (Ecclesiastes 9:18)


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